Originally created 11/05/01

Lauds mayor



I commend Mayor Bob Young for his leadership in establishing the Rocky Creek Enterprise Zone. The Augusta mayor continues to show his commitment to improving economic opportunities in south Richmond County.

Mr. Young was involved in the process that led to the Rocky Creek Town Center concept in 1999. He quickly saw the potential to turn around the fading fortunes of Regency Mall by dramatically changing the landscape.

He has since worked with both mall owners and local residents to make the town center plans a reality. The creation of the enterprise zone offers additional incentives to businesses and property owners to take the financial risk by investing in this area.

The challenge now is for Greater Augusta Progress Inc., to develop a plan to market the enterprise zone to property owners and developers, so the full potential of the town center plan can be realized.

Mr, Young has proven he is a mayor for all of Augusta.

Greg L. Hodges, Augusta